The Lean Startup concept is an appropriate choice for creating new businesses through development of an already existing idea or vision. Design thinking, on the other hand, might be preferred if the right business idea has not been found yet and customer needs or problems are still vague. Continue reading

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It takes more than just an Innovation focus to succeed. Ad Age reports on Walmart’s on sustainable innovation. Continue reading

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How Connected Tech Will Shape Our Future

People all over the world are increasingly connected to the internet wherever they are. But what does this mean for our future? We Are Social explores this question with 10 fresh provocations designed to inspire imagination and innovation. Continue reading

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Call for Stories: How Innovators Overcome Resistance

Here’s an update on our Innovation Cities Tour – we have over 40 Innovation Storytellers Confirmed to date – and we’re looking for more. We invite you to share an innovation story with us, and the world. Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing = Marketing or Innovation?

When companies tap into the crowd in the right way, they can reap lots of benefits. They are primarily focused on innovation and marketing and while many believe (myself included) that the “proper” form of crowdsourcing leans towards the innovation benefits, we do see lots of initiatives that are more about marketing than innovation. Continue reading

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We invite you to Kim Chandler McDonald’s weekly interactive forum — to read and collect your comments on “An Innovator has an Obligation to…” We hope you’ll join the conversation! Continue reading

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Lean Innovation Series - Introduction

I’ve started working with a local healthcare insurance company in a role focused on driving improvement and innovation in its membership and billing operations. The company has a big focus on LEAN throughout the company and always has some sort of value stream mapping (VSM) or rapid process improvement workshop (RPIW) going on through the Kaizen Promotion Office (KPO). Despite this only being my second week on the job, I have already been involved in the company’s LEAN efforts. Continue reading

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